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Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances with artificial teeth. They are custom-made to the individual and are used to replace missing teeth. They are supported by the surrounding gums and teeth (if any) in the oral cavity. In order to maintain good health of the gums and remaining teeth, it is important that dentures are taken out when not in use (e.g. when brushing teeth, during sleep, etc).

Types Of Dentures

Removable Partial Dentures (RPD)

Partial dentures are used when a person is missing some but not all of their natural teeth on their upper or lower jaw.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are used when a person is missing all of their teeth on their upper and/or lower jaw.

Fixed Complete Dentures*

Fixed dentures are usually supported by implants. They are clicked into place and engage with the implants. Click here to find out more.

Materials Available for Dentures

Acrylic

This is the most common material used and most affordable material option. They are lightweight and can be easily repaired and modified over time. However, they are also more prone to damage, stains, and picking up odours.

Cobalt Chrome

While a more expensive material, cobalt chrome provides a strong framework skeleton to prevent denture breakage. They are more easily cleaned and are less prone to staining and picking up odours. Cobalt Chrome Dentures are generally less bulky and kinder to the gums compared to acrylic dentures. However, they are heavier and cannot be as easily modified or repaired as acrylic dentures.

Valplast (Flexible Dentures)

This is an option only when there are still some teeth remaining for support. Compared to acrylic partial dentures, they are more comfortable to wear but are more expensive and cannot be repaired when broken.

Crafting Confident Smiles: The Dentures Procedure Explained

The denture procedure involves several key steps to ensure a comfortable fit and natural appearance:

  1. Initial Consultation – Begin with a comprehensive assessment of your oral health. The dentist examines your remaining teeth and discusses your preferences, needs, and expectations for the dentures.
  2. Impressions and Measurements – Precise impressions and measurements of your gums and existing teeth are taken. These serve as the foundation for crafting custom dentures that fit securely and comfortably.
  3. Denture Fabrication – Using the impressions as a guide, dental technicians craft the dentures. The materials chosen ensure durability, functionality, and a lifelike appearance. Multiple fittings may be necessary to achieve the optimal fit.
  4. Final Placement and Adjustment – Once the dentures are ready, they are placed in your mouth. The dentist ensures proper fit, bite alignment, and aesthetics. Adjustments are made as needed to enhance comfort and functionality.
  5. Post-Placement Guidance – Receive instructions on how to care for and maintain your dentures. This includes proper cleaning, storage, and routine check-ups to address any adjustments or improvements needed for long-term satisfaction.

Benefits of Dentures

Restore aesthetics

Dentures help to replace missing teeth to restore one’s smile and confidence. Denture teeth can be carefully selected to blend seamlessly with the surrounding gums and natural teeth so that they are barely noticeable.

Restore function for eating and speaking

Individuals who have lost teeth may have trouble eating normally and speaking. By replacing missing teeth and providing better support for the lips and cheeks, dentures can help restore one’s ability to chew and to pronounce words properly.

Cost-effective tooth replacement option

Compared to dental implants and dental bridges, removable dentures provide a less costly option for tooth replacement.

Does not typically require invasive preparation of the teeth or surgery

Dentures can usually be made without preparing teeth (shaving down tooth structure) or undergoing surgery. Thus, a denture may be an appropriate option for one who is looking for a conservative treatment option, or who may not be able to undergo surgery for implants due to various reasons.

May be easily repaired and modified over time

As more teeth are lost over time, new denture teeth can sometimes be added to an existing denture.

Risks

Proper denture hygiene is crucial to maintain oral health. Removing dentures when not in use prevents issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and fungal infections. As time passes, the gums, bone, and teeth that support the denture may change shape and position, causing the denture to become less fitting and loose. Your dentist can make necessary repairs and adjustments. It may take time to adjust to a new denture, but with perseverance, most patients are able to adapt well.

Denture Care Essentials: Nurturing Your Confident Smile

Daily Cleaning Routine 

Clean your dentures daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and mild denture cleaner. Avoid abrasive materials that may damage the surface. Thorough cleaning helps remove plaque, stains, and bacteria, ensuring oral hygiene.

Proper Storage Overnight

Store your dentures in water or a denture-soaking solution overnight. This prevents them from drying out and losing their shape. However, avoid using hot water, as it may distort the denture structure.

Handle with Care

Handle your dentures with care to prevent breakage. When cleaning or removing them, do so over a folded towel or basin filled with water to cushion any potential falls. Regularly check for any signs of damage and consult your dentist if repairs are needed.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Schedule routine dental check-ups to ensure the continued health of your oral tissues and the proper fit of your dentures. Your dentist will assess the condition of the dentures, make any necessary adjustments, and address any oral health concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are looking to replace one or more missing teeth, dentures are a viable option. Before choosing dentures, other options like implants or bridges can be considered. To explore your tooth replacement options, schedule a consultation with a dentist who can recommend the best option for your case.

Yes, with proper adjustment and practice, you can eat a variety of foods. Initially, softer foods are recommended, gradually progressing to a normal diet as you become accustomed to wearing dentures.

Rinse your mouth and dentures after every meal. Gently brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush over a basin of water daily. At night, remove them from your mouth and soak them in a cup of room temperature water. Soaking the denture regularly with a denture tablet added to a cup of room temperature water can help to prevent the accumulation of odours and stains.

With the right fit and patience in learning how to control the new appliance, dentures can be very comfortable to wear. There can be an initial curve in learning to wear your new dentures but most patients will get used to them after a few weeks. If there is any significant discomfort or rubbing, it could mean that your dentures require adjustment by your dentist. A fungal infection in your mouth caused by poor oral hygiene or certain medications can also sometimes make the mouth feel sore, especially with wearing dentures.

Dentures can last for many years, depending on the stability of your oral condition, the maintenance of your dentures, and the type of dentures you have. Over time, the tissues supporting a denture (such as the jawbone, gums and remaining teeth) can gradually change in shape and size, causing the denture to become ill-fitting. In such cases, the denture may have to be remade or modified (e.g. denture reline or rebasing) in order to ensure a good fit again.

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